Pingelly net three A1 premierships in a row after edging out Williams in 2020 grand final

Holli HansonNarrogin Observer
Pingelly 1 celebrate their A1 grand final victory.
Camera IconPingelly 1 celebrate their A1 grand final victory. Credit: Emma Taylor

Pingelly 1 claimed a third straight Narrogin and Districts A1 premiership after outlasting Williams 1 in a hotly contested grand final on Saturday afternoon.

Minor premiers Pingelly and second-placed Williams brought a high level of energy courtside among players and spectators alike.

Pingelly scorched the court from the start, scoring eight unanswered goals in the first five minutes.

Pingelly's Rheannon Turton looks for options.
Camera IconPingelly's Rheannon Turton looks for options. Credit: Emma Taylor

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Williams’ mid-court and shooters tightened up their passing structure and cherished the ball once in hand, with shooters Megan Hardie and Clare Hardie converting some much-needed goals to settle the scoreline by the end of the first term.

Pingelly shooters Sheree Blechynden and Tracey Swami were accurate and connected well with their teammates, rewarding their team’s full-court press of defence which tirelessly squeezed Williams’ mid-court players and forced them to cough up the ball.

Williams’ Abbi Battley with possession.
Camera IconWilliams’ Abbi Battley with possession. Credit: Emma Taylor

Both sides had begun the season with 10 players each, with Williams succumbing to some unfortunate injuries.

However the team’s drive and resilience to come back at Pingelly’s potency provided a crowd-pleasing display of high-level netball.

Pingelly's Sheree Blechynden shoots.
Camera IconPingelly's Sheree Blechynden shoots. Credit: Emma Taylor

Pingelly’s overall muscle and skill level steered the side to a convincing grand final win 68-51, to secure a third straight A1 title.

Swami was named most valuable player in the decider.

Pingelly's Sheree Blechynden takes a shot.
Camera IconPingelly's Sheree Blechynden takes a shot. Credit: Emma Taylor

In the minor grades, Cuballing 1 defeated Williams 2 in the A2 grand final by 10 goals with Latoya Bolton named MVP, and Flames 2 emerged with a 49-43 win over Cuballing 2 in the A3 final.

Flames 3 (A4), Cuballing 3 (JD1), Cuballing 4 (JD2) and Waves 2 (JD3) were the other grand final winners.

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